IndexError: list index out of range and python

If you have a list with 53 items, the last one is thelist[52] because indexing starts at 0.


The IndexError is raised when attempting to retrieve an index from a sequence (e.g. list, tuple), and the index isn’t found in the sequence. The Python documentation defines when this exception is raised:

Raised when a sequence subscript is out of range. (Source)

Here’s an example that raises the IndexError:

test = list(range(53))

IndexError                                Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-6-7879607f7f36> in <module>
      1 test = list(range(53))
----> 2 test[53]

IndexError: list index out of range

The error message line for an IndexError doesn’t provide great information. See that there is a sequence reference that is out of range and what the type of the sequence is, a list in this case. That information, combined with the rest of the traceback, is usually enough to help quickly identify how to fix the issue.

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